Best of British is the UK’s premier nostalgia magazine covering every aspect of life from the 1930’s to today.
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We hope you like reading our magazine as much as we love compiling it. In the meantime here is this month’s letter from our Editor, Simon Stabler…
“If you Please, Mrs Bridges”
Edwardian costume dramas, which tell the story of staff and their employers, are ten-a-penny these days. However, despite the plaudits that the likes of Downton Abbey and Mr Selfridge receive, Upstairs, Downstairs continues to stand out in our minds.
Along with good scripts, it had a quality cast of established and up-and-coming performers, among them Simon Williams, Pauline Collins, John Alderton and, of course, the much-missed Gordon Jackson.
As well as celebrating this classic slice of family entertainment, we also find out from a former housemaid what life was like both upstairs and down.
In the world of film, we look back on the life of actor Charles Laughton. Now largely remembered for his role as Quasimodo in The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Laughton had a very successful film career however a lack of DVD releases and having largely worked in Hollywood means that he is not mentioned as often as his contemporaries – Gielgud, Olivier and Richardson. I have a feeling that this article will right that particular wrong.
Singer Petula Clark, who we have an exclusive interview with, is someone else who seems to be defined by one piece of work despite a lengthy career. But then again, with a song as good as Downtown, would you really mind? Turn to our interview to discover the answer to that and many other questions.
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